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Undergraduate Course: Operations Strategy (BUST10092)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaBusiness Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides students with an understanding of the content of organisation's operations strategy and the processes by which they are developed and implemented.

The course is divided into six blocks: Introduction to Operations Strategy, Information Technology Strategy, Logistics Strategy, Quality Strategy, the Development & Implementation of Operations Strategy.

The lectures will address the wide range of topics involved in operations management from a strategic perspective. The course will relate the development and implementation of Operations Strategy with current debates in management theory and practice. Finally, the course-work project and associated presentations will provide an opportunity for students to analyse and discuss the issues in a case study of their own choice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Business Studies Honours entry.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Business Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
On completion of the course students should:
a) be able to describe the key operations strategy concepts covered;
b) be able to discuss critically the practical use of the techniques covered, taking into account organisational context;
c) be able to explain the relationship between operations strategy with other functional strategies and overall business policy in the context of the strategic goals and objectives of the organisation;
d) be able to relate theoretical debates about the choices available to operations managers to the practical development and implementation of operations strategy.
Cognitive Skills
On completion of the course students should:
a) demonstrate that they can, describe the operations of an organization and carry-out a critical analysis of these operations using concepts covered in the course lectures.

Key Skills
On completion of the assessed course project students should:
a) demonstrate their ability to plan and complete a study of a real-world organisation, including selecting and approaching an organisation, undertaking interviews, writing their study as a concise report and presenting their findings in class.
Assessment Information
By one assignment (50%) and a degree examination (50%).

The format of the examination will be for students to answer two essay questions from a paper with five questions in two hours.

The report will be a maximum of 2500 words supported by a single page summary and any appendices. It will involve the critical analysis of operations strategy in an organisation chosen by the student.
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Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserMr Ian Graham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3797
Course secretaryMiss Anne Cunningham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3827
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